Beach House Center for Recovery developed our Family Program on the basis of an abundance of research showing that family support and involvement improve addiction treatment outcomes. We’ve found this to be true on the basis of our own experience working with clients with various substance addictions. Lasting freedom from drugs and alcohol—the driving objective of all of our programs—is more achievable when both clients and their families feel supported within relationships of love and connection. Our clients who are more motivated in treatment and less likely to relapse after they leave our drug and alcohol programs often have the support of a strong and healthy family that is also actively engaged in the work of healing and recovery.
For these reasons, we created our Family Program, which is founded on our signature philosophy for treating addiction: that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety but rather love and connection, as the building blocks of recovery. Our Family Program therefore consists of two key programmatic components:
- A Wellness Program, which provides a more intensive level of personalized support and care to families of Beach House clients who feel they need it. Explore our Wellness Program.
- A Two-Day Intensive Workshop that resources clients and families with education, support, and tools for coping. Explore our Two-Day Intensive Workshop.
Why Participate in Our Family Program
A substance use disorder (SUD) impacts the entire family system, which is why addiction is sometimes referred to as a “family disease.” Unknowingly, family members often take on any one of a number of new roles as a way to cope with and compensate for the addiction. The resulting “homeostasis” can be fraught with dysfunction that, if left untreated, may impede a client’s long-term recovery.
Participation in our family program, via the Wellness Program, Two-Day Intensive Workshop or both, can give families a leg-up in achieving long-term recovery for their loved one and for themselves. The more supported our families are, the better able they are to engage in healthy self-care while providing support to their loved one in healthy ways.
By the end of the program/workshop, participants will have gained:
- A better understanding of the disease of addiction, its biology and pathology and how it impacts family roles and dynamics
- Familiarity with their loved one’s treatment goals and concrete ways they can support their loved one in early recovery
- Healthier interpersonal and communication skills
- Firsthand exposure to and engagement with the various 12-step family support groups available to them
Following the workshop, weekly phone calls from a therapist are another key component of our family program. This regular follow-up (throughout the client’s course of treatment) ensures that families have the ongoing support they need to enact positive core changes, continue with the healing they have begun, and be fully prepared for their loved one’s reintegration into the family after their discharge.
Who Can Participate in Our Family Program
Participation in our Family Program is completely optional. Families of clients in our drug and alcohol programs are eligible to participate in the Two-Day Intensive Workshop. Families of both clients and alumni are eligible to participate in our Wellness Program. Get more details on eligibility and how to participate in our Wellness Program or Two-Day Intensive Workshop.
How Our Family Program Supports Better Recovery Outcomes
The scientific literature is clear: family support and involvement improve recovery outcomes for clients in SUD treatment, by improving the effectiveness of treatment, decreasing problems associated with addiction, increasing motivation for treatment, boosting treatment engagement and retention, and lowering risks of relapse (Cole, 2015).
Moreover, 12-step group participation can be as critical for the family’s recovery as it is for the client’s recovery, based on findings into the mechanisms of positive core change that define 12-step groups. These include: a common emotional bond; the structure and sense of goal directedness in these groups; clear, common behavioral norms for how to work towards abstinence; a social outlet for engaging in non-substance-related activities; and the development of greater self-efficacy and better coping skills (Donovan, Ingalsbe, Benbow, and Daley, 2013).
By encouraging and optimizing family engagement and support, our family program thus gives clients and their families a firm, evidence-based foothold in recovery that has the potential to have a lasting positive impact across a lifetime.
No family should have to deal with a loved one’s addiction on their own—especially when there are competent and caring people who can come alongside you with love, support, and years of experience in the field of treatment and recovery. For more information about our Family Program or workshops, please contact us today.